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Lake Must Haves | 10 items you need!
We’re getting ready to head out for a long weekend at the lake. I thought it would be appropriate to write a post about the items that we can’t be without when we spend time on the lake. This is our third weekend at the lake this summer, and it definitely won’t be the last! These are our lake must haves, and we think you’ll like them too!
1. Inflatable Boat or Kayak
If you want a boat, but a real one isn’t in the budget, This boat is pretty awesome, holds 5 people, and it’s under $150!
2. Life Jackets
If you plan to be out on the water, life jackets are an absolute must. Make sure that children are wearing the correct size life jacket for their weight. We use these life jackets for our kids.
3. Waterproof Phone Case
If you want to take awesome pictures, you’ll want to protect your phone or camera. I recommend these waterproof cases for phones and this one for a camera. It’s not easy to use your phone in the case, but it’s possible. They do a great job at keeping any moisture out, and you can even go underwater if you’re brave enough.
4. Heavy Duty Cooler
We recently splurged and bought a large Ozarks Trail Cooler. If you like the idea of a Yeti cooler, but it’s way out of the budget, the Ozarks Trail cooler is a great option. I have seen reviews saying that there aren’t many differences, except the price! The Ozarks Trail coolers are still pricey, but well worth it because they keep your food cold for a long time. As of the writing of this post, it’s on rollback for $20 off. If you’re camping without a refrigerator, this is really important! We do have a fridge, but we bring all of our own food and it’s nice to ensure that it will stay cold to and from our destination.
5. Ziploc Bags for Packing Clothes
I made a video about how I pack kids clothes for travel, and it deserves to be included in the lake must haves. To save money and prevent waste, I recommend continuing to use the same bags for every trip until they’re worn out. I’m sure that there are nice reusable bags that would work for this. However, I already had the bags that I had purchased for school and then told that the kids didn’t actually need. So, I found a use for them!
6. Food & Snacks
The location where we go is pretty remote, so we take all of our own food. Even if you are going to a populated area, it can be a huge money saver to bring your own food. Plus, you’re probably trying to get away from things if you’re going camping or boating, so going to town to eat doesn’t make much sense. Having snacks around is great for kids, since they’re always hungry. You can’t really blame them through, if they’re running around outside and swimming. For more tips for traveling with kids, check out 9 tips for travel with kids.
7. Mosquito Bands & Candles
Of all the lake must haves, this might be the most important! You can buy a pack of 20 bands for about $10 on Amazon, which is about half the price at the store. I also recommend taking a citronella candle, especially if you plan to eat outside. I also have a super easy 100% natural bug repellent on my best essential oils for travel post.
Make sure to pack some eco-friendly and kid safe sunscreen. Our favorite is Babyganics, which we buy in bulk on Amazon.
9. Warm clothes/Umbrella/Alternate plans
I didn’t originally intend to include this on the list, but don’t make the same mistakes that we did! We just returned from a lake trip, and it rained, the whole time. It was also 20-30 degrees colder than it was the week before. Always have an alternate plan and bring board games or books or something to stay occupied in the event of unexpected weather. We also made the mistake of packing only warm clothes (expecting 90+ degree weather) which didn’t work as well at 65 degrees. Always check the weather ahead of time, but also plan for the unexpected. Lesson learned!
You’ll want to capture some memories to send to friends or enjoy later, so don’t forget a camera! Check out all of our favorite camera gear for travel. In that post, I talk about our favorite gear for travel along with why it made the list, and how to use it.
There are our lake must haves, 10 things you will want to take for a weekend on the lake. If you’re planning a lake trip anytime soon, I hope this list helps. If you have any funny travel stories, make sure to share them in the comments and subscribe for our weekly emails. We share exclusive travel tips and content in the emails that you won’t find anywhere else, subscribe so that you don’t miss anything!